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Devon Dabney Selected to Junior National Triathlon Team
May 9th, 2011

Devon Dabney has been selected to represent the United States at the Pan-American Triathlon Confederation (PATCO) Junior Pan American Championships in Edmonton in July. Dabney is one of 16 junior women and men selected to the national squad that will be competing for the right to compete in the Junior World Championships in September in Beijing, China.

Dabney, a member of the cross country, swimming and track & field teams at St. Pius X, was named one of five Female Youth Elite All-Americans by USA Triathlon (USAT) earlier this year. She captured the Bronze Medal in the USA Youth Elite National Championships in San Diego last year after winning the Southeast Triathlon Junior Development Race Series for the second consecutive year. Dabney is also a member of the USA Triathlon’s Southeast Junior High Performance Triathlon team.

Dabney competes in the Sprint Triathlons. These triathlons are shorter than Olympic level events, as they consist of an 800-meter swim, 16-mile bike rides, and a five kilometer race as the last leg of the event. Dabney has been competing in sprint triathlons since she finished second in her first event at the age of ten. That same year, she took first at the Iron Kids Nationals, and followed that up by being the top-rated 11-year-old.

According to the USAT press release, Dabney will be competing for one of 15 slots designated for PATCO athletes at the World Championships later this year. Each nation can earn a maximum of three spots per gender based on the results. The event in Edmonton will also serve as the first qualifier for the U.S. team for the 2011 Junior World Championships.

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